New York

Helen Mayer Harrison/Newton Harrison

Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

For two decades the Harrisons have collaborated on environmental projects throughout the world that have anticipated fleeting moments of global consciousness provoked by various ecological crises. “Changing the Conversation,” the title of their recent show of proposals and projects in process, refers to their role as agents who stimulate a dialogue with a community in order to counter assumptions that inform widespread inertia. Their work frequently prescribes a major landscape adjustment, and it is their dialogue that guides and generates these interventions.

The main room was dedicated to their project for the Sava River in Yugoslavia, 1988–90. A series of panels using collaged, panoramic photographs, expository texts, reports of conversations, and philosophical musings describes a process of discovery and problem solving that led to modest but effective solutions. The Sava begins at two

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